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The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW)

The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) is a multi- and transdisciplinary strategic research area, hosted and supported by the Center for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies, comprising staff from five different faculties at Lund University.


MECW is a multi- and transdisciplinary strategic research area.

MECW was established through Swedish government funding under the Swedish Government Strategic Research Area initiative, launched in the research and innovation bill of 2008. Middle Eastern Studies in Lund were recognized as one of a small number of research environments in Swedish Higher Education institutions deemed to be “of the highest international quality”, and “to contribute towards dealing with important societal challenges”.



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Scientific coordination

Karin Aggestam, MECW coordinator
Ronny Berndtsson, dep MECW coordinator

State of the art critical knowledge

MECW is committed to producing much needed state of the art information and critical knowledge on the Middle East to the academic, as well as the policy, business and advocacy community and the broader public. To this end, run a number of innovative research, outreach and educational projects and programs, organised into broad and partially overlapping themes: